Unemployment in detail

The number of people out of work and claiming unemployment benefit in the West Country has fallen.

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New jobs, but what kind and where?

Unemployment is down again but where are the new jobs and do they help the long term unemployed get back into work?

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Recent ONS unemployment figures for the UK

UK unemployment figures from the Office for National Statistics from November 2012 to May 2013, were as follows:

  • Unemployment fell by 57,000 to 2.51 million between March and May.
  • It increased by 15,000 between January and March to 2.52 million. But the figures were down 92,000 from the previous year.
  • Unemployment increased by 7,000 between November and January to 2.52 million.
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Employment minister says figures are 'encouraging'

Our welfare reform agenda is about making a fair and affordable system that incentivises work: giving people the support they need to get off benefits and into a job.

Today's figures are encouraging, with the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance down and the number of people in work increasing.

– Employment Minister Mark Hoban

The fall in the number of people claiming out-of-work benefits, together with the news that there are currently over half a million vacancies available in the UK economy, show that there are opportunities out there for those who are prepared to work hard, and who aspire to get on in life.

– Employment Minister Mark Hoban
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Unemployment down in South West

Unemployment in the South West has gone down according to figures released today.

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) says a total of 156,000 people are unemployed in the region - 11,000 less than the last quarter. The rate of unemployment in the region is now 5.8%.

Nationally, long-term unemployment has increased to a 17-year high, despite another fall in the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance.

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CBI response to unemployment figures

Given the challenging economic conditions at the end of last year, it's unsurprising that we're now seeing fewer people in work. What's encouraging, however, is that economic conditions seem to be improving and that full-time jobs are still being created. With these figures showing the highest number of vacancies since 2008, this reflects businesses' more positive view of the year ahead."

– Neil Carberry, Director of Employment and Skills, CBI

Union's response to number of people out of work

These jobs figures are troubling. There are now more people out of work today than when the coalition took office three years ago. Those in work are taking a hammering in their pay packets with wage growth down to just 0.4%, while prices rise far more quickly. It's no wonder the economy is struggling when people in work are getting poorer every month."

– Frances O'Grady, General Secretary, Trades Union Congress
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